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I Dream for You a World: A Covenant for Our Children Hardcover – January 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Brand Nu Words (January 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974814237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974814230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 5—This picture book addresses 11 socioeconomic issues, including health, education, justice, wealth, and the environment that pertain to African-American children and their families. Illustrated with collages of smiling youngsters on abstract backgrounds, each spread has a brief poem that begins, "I dream for you a world." The text itself is slight, with significant information given in the foreword and in the densely packed appendix. While this is a useful introduction to "issues of importance" as identified by Tavis Smiley in Covenant with Black America (Third World, 2006), most children will need adult assistance to sort out the specifics of becoming Covenant Kids. This book raises awareness of many problems in society, and the specific action statements are empowering but not age specific. Children can learn their history and make a family tree, but suggestions such as supporting black colleges and buying computers are beyond their reach. This picture book may be best used by caring adults who want to share their dreams of a better world for all.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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“If the Covenant is going to have long-term meaning, we cannot omit our children from the bigger picture of changing the landscape for their future. Share this book with them. Let it be the first step that we encourage our children to take toward accountability for designing their dreams and building a better tomorrow.”  —Tavis Smiley, author, The Covenant with Black America


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Charisse Carney-Nunes, writer, speaker and literary advocate, is the award-winning author of the children's books, I AM BARACK OBAMA (2009), I DREAM FOR YOU A WORLD: A COVENANT FOR OUR CHILDREN (2007) and NAPPY (2006), as well as SONGS OF A SISTERMOM: MOTHERHOOD POEMS (2004). I AM BARACK OBAMA recently won a 2009 Honor Award from Skipping Stones Multicultural Magazine. Charisse is the founder of a publishing company, Brand Nu Words LLC where she has sold over 18,000 books, and now concentrates on digital publishing. She is a senior officer of The Jamestown Project, an action-oriented think tank focusing on democracy; a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a schoolmate of President Obama, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where she was poet laureate.

Charisse has served as a speaker or presenter for numerous national and regional organizations, and has appeared on Inside Edition, ABC News Now, CBS's CW Network, Comcast's CN-8, Radio One, and American Urban Radio Networks. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband of over fourteen years, Harvey, and their daughter and son. Visit her website, www.BrandNuWords.com where you may contact her for bookings and engagements.

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So often we hear of various theories behind the problems our communities and society face. Unfortunately, many of these theories never seem to make the leap from theory to practice. I DREAM FOR YOU A WORLD is a wonderful book that seeks to operationalize Tavis Smiley's Covenant with Black America for even the youngest members of our society. Author Charisse Carney-Nunes uses a poetic style to present the overall themes of the covenant and then follows up with general information about the Covenant with Black America. In addition, she provides easy to understand explanations of the various covenant issues as well as examples of how children and families can put the issues into action. For example, the "Covenant issue" Strengthening the family includes suggestions such as being honest, eating dinner as a family, and living the life you dream.

Mixed media illustrations really add to the depth of I DREAM FOR YOU A WORLD. By including artwork as well as photographs, the artwork catches the attention of readers and draws them in. The poetic language is fun, engaging, and easy to remember. The explanation of the covenant is done especially well and really breaks down complex concepts into language children can understand. Suggested activities at the end of each section not only help children understand the concepts in concrete terms, but also provide ideas for moving the theories into practice that can easily be accomplished. I DREAM FOR YOU A WORLD is a book that should be in every child's library, but especially in the libraries of African-merican children.

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This gives a great introduction/overview for the numerous social,political, and economical issues that all people, not just those of African descent should pay their attentions to. I would however, read the book in its entirety once with the child. Then at a later date, break the book into sections and over the course of time engage in more comprehensive discussions on each topic. Tackling the whole book in one setting could prove to be overwhelming for a young child. The book's illustrations are fresh and eye-catching. This is a book that you will get a lot of use from as you can revisit on a particular topic and continue to use it as the child matures. Great for our little activist in training!
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Like Carney-Nunes' previous book Nappy, I Dream a World for You is a beautifully illustrated, thoughtfully constructed book designed to teach African American children to love and value themselves. What I love most about this book, however, is its message to the parents. I Dream a World for You tells of the world parents have the right to dream for their children, and I hope inspires and empowers us to seek to create that world. Carney-Nunes continues to write what both children and their parents most need to hear.
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By RSS on February 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfully creative book, and a must read for all young children. Whether a pre-reader or a fluent early reader, children will love this book. It introduces a set of values to children that will hold them in good stead for a lifetime. Most important, my kid loves it!
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